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Old heater. Anyone have any insight?

STEVEusaPA Member Posts: 5,455
My realtor friend just texted me this...anyone have any info?


  • RobG
    RobG Member Posts: 1,850
    I think Tim McElwain would be able to tell you about that burner. He might have installed it. ;)
  • Steamhead
    Steamhead Member Posts: 15,042
    Time to replace it. That thing is probably 40% efficient, according to some of my Dead Men's Books.
    All Steamed Up, Inc.
    Towson, MD, USA
    Steam, Vapor & Hot-Water Heating Specialists
    Oil & Gas Burner Service
  • BobC
    BobC Member Posts: 5,259
    The Smithsonian might be interested . . .

    Listen To Steamhead, that boiler has earned it's retirement.

    Smith G8-3 with EZ Gas @ 90,000 BTU, Single pipe steam
    Vaporstat with a 12oz cut-out and 4oz cut-in
    3PSI gauge
  • Zman
    Zman Member Posts: 7,127
    I loved it in the first star wars movie...
    "If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough"
    Albert Einstein
  • billtwocase
    billtwocase Member Posts: 2,385
    First off, It's an old Weil Mclain. Second it is gas fired. I would put it put to pasture as stated above
  • STEVEusaPA
    STEVEusaPA Member Posts: 5,455
    edited October 2014
    Thanks for the comments. My friend was showing a client a house and saw it, sent me a pic. Said it scared the buyer. I told her to send the pic to Weil McClain, maybe they had a museum and would come get it.
    I'd be curious to see some literature on it if anyone had some.
    Edit: I just realized I posted in the wrong section...still trying to figure out The Wall. :)
  • icesailor
    icesailor Member Posts: 7,265
    I hope the asbestos abatment was legal.
  • John Mills_5
    John Mills_5 Member Posts: 935
    Yea, does look like a naked snowman!
  • STEVEusaPA
    STEVEusaPA Member Posts: 5,455
    My buddy called it a Wedding Cake Boiler....
  • CapeCodOilGuy
    CapeCodOilGuy Member Posts: 43
    It's an old "inshot-" style gas burner, used in coal to gas conversions back during the Coolidge administration. ISIS might be interested in the burner, but it's a bad bet for any kind of efficiency or safety. Everything has its time, and its time has come and gone...